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Chemistry Professor Invited to Join Penn State Innovation Team

Kelly B. Butzler

Kelly B. Butzler, associate professor of chemistry at Pennsylvania College of Technology, has been invited to be a member of Penn State’s Learning Innovation Forum Team, a cross-university brain trust working to advance learning and education through collaboration.

LIFT aims to contribute to the progress of Penn State as a leader in the transformation of education for the betterment of its students and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Insight provided by the team will complement advancements in various educational areas including curricula, instruction, operations efficiencies, recruitment, retention and student success, and facilitate innovation across the university.

Butzler was selected as a Penn College representative to the team based on her creative approaches and passionate desire to transform education.

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Students Part of National Guard’s Flood Response

Boots on the ground: The National Guard brings helping hands and a powerful sense of security to a flood-stricken neighborhood.

Persistent rain fed the creek ... and devastation followed.

Going door-to-door for assessment and assistance

Displaying both the beauty and fury of nature, the 'sock cuts a destructive path through the fall foliage.

Twisted metal, fallen trees and decimated roadways are left in floodwaters' wake.

Penn College students serving with the Army National Guard were among those heeding the call to help residents affected by last weekend’s flash flooding. One of those students – Shakeem J. Thomas, an emergency management technology major from Williamsport – said his unit was initially activated Friday to conduct presence patrols in neighborhoods hit hard by rising water.  “But by Saturday morning, our mission had changed to go into the Hillsgrove community (of Sullivan County) and work alongside first responders and firefighters.”  Thomas and his colleagues were deployed to a site near Loyalsock Creek that didn’t have telephone service, so National Guard personnel were tasked with knocking on doors of houses that were left standing and making sure no one was trapped inside those that were washed off their foundations. “We also helped members of the community clean up and did some damage assessment of the area,” Thomas added. Other students involved in the operation were Preston A. Emert, Montoursville, pre-nursing; Troy B. McBride, Christiana, diesel technology; John A. Gondy, Glenmoore, architectural technology; and Kyle L. Kott, WIiliamsport, civil engineering technology.
Photos by Thomas, who also serves as a student development assistant for the college

Service Wednesday for Emeritus Faculty Member

G. Robert Kissell

A memorial service will be Wednesday for G. Robert Kissell, a longtime Williamsport Area Community College faculty member, who died Saturday, Oct. 22, at the age of 89. The history and government professor was listed among The Outstanding Educators in America in 1973 and, upon his retirement, was granted emeritus status. The service will be at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 369 Broad St., Montoursville, with private burial in the Jersey Shore Cemetery. Friends will be received from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. A full obituary was published in Monday’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk Collects More Than $8,500

A team of Penn College student-athletes, captained by Jackie Klahold, head softball coach/senior woman administrator, gathers near the start of the eighth annual Out of the Darkness Greater Lycoming Walk.

Event organizer Mallory L. Weymer, Penn College’s coordinator of student health and wellness/suicide prevention specialist, welcomes walkers and reflects on the shattering death of a friend that cemented her personal connection to the cause.

Counseling Services staffed a Serenity Tent in the ATHS atrium, providing a supportive and contemplative space for anyone in need. From left are counselors Brian J. Schurr, Mary Lee L. Kelly and Michael S. DiPalma.

Walkers poignantly honor the memory of Charlotte C. "Charley" Roxberry, a plastics and polymer technology student lost to suicide in June 2015.

Acknowledging a photographer during a stroll for healing and hope

Saturday evening’s Penn College walk aimed at bringing the topic of suicide “Out of the Darkness” attracted 227 participants and raised $8,547 to fund local preventive efforts and awareness events. In partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, teams of bundled-up walkers – some paying tribute to friends and family members, others joining in support and solidarity – traversed campus in a 5K loop that began and ended at the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. The highest overall individual fundraiser was Eileen Sodano, the highest community team fundraiser was “In Memory of Rhian,” the highest fundraiser among campus teams was Penn College Welding and the highest among student organizations was Phi Mu Delta (members of which were stationed along the route to direct foot traffic). Donations will be accepted through Dec. 31.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Exhibit of Fiber-Based Artwork Opens in College Gallery

Patrons marvel at the creativity and variety of the pieces on display.

Meredith Eachus Armstrong, who curated the show and is among the exhibitors, talks with the crowd.

Gallery director Penny G. Lutz (with blue nametag) gathers with some of the artists represented in "Connected by Stitch."

Bern Yates, another Studio Art Quilt Associates representative, offers her perspective.

An attentive crowd listens to the "Artists' Talk" during a rare Saturday opening reception.

The commonwealth’s first regional juried exhibit of work by Studio Art Quilt Associates, is on display in The Gallery at Penn College. A showcase of two- and three-dimensional fiber art, “Connected by Stitch” officially opened with a reception Saturday afternoon. The exhibit will run through Dec. 8 during regular hours (1-4 p.m. Sundays; 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.) The gallery will be closed Nov. 23-27.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

College to Host Civic Chorus’ Veterans Day Concert

Penn College’s military family will be represented at the Williamsport Civic Chorus’ 73rd-season kickoff: a concert in Klump Academic Center Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Members of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity will help out with crowd and traffic control and the Bison Battalion – the ROTC program comprising students from Penn College, Lycoming College and other institutions – will serve as color guard. Taking place on Veterans Day weekend, the chorus’ “Salute to Veterans” will feature patriotic songs from many eras, with selections ranging from “In Flanders’ Fields,” a soul-stirring World War I-era ballad, to the moving “God Bless the U.S.A.,” the 1984 hit by country star Lee Greenwood. The chorus will present the same concert in Clinton County at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, in Central Mountain High School. Area veterans of the armed forces are invited to attend the concerts free of charge. Tickets for non-veterans are available at Otto Bookstore, 107 W. Fourth St., and at Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, 201 Mulberry St.; or at the door on the day of the show. A small reception will follow the Sunday performance.

Hispanic Heritage Shared Through Language of Movement

In the accomplished hands (and feet) of their instructors, students surrender to the liberating and passionate rhythm of salsa music.

Hitchye shares her expertise ...

... and an infectious sense of fun.

Emboldened by practice, students confidently step out.

A Salsa Dancing Workshop, held this past week in Penn’s Inn, was among the activities celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Penn College. Tabitha Hitchye, from the Baltimore Salsa Dance Company, provided background about the culture, history and tradition of salsa while providing fundamental dance instruction to interested students. Other events included an informational display in the Bush Campus Center and an authentic meal prepared by Dining Services at the Capitol Eatery.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Area School Counselors Apprised of Forestry Careers at ESC

Erich R. Doebler talks with school counselors about forest technology and student opportunities in the wood-products industry ...

... and joins G. Andrew Bartholomay (center), assistant professor of forestry, and Jason Fink (seated in background), executive vice president of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, for a classroom discussion.

Penn College was the day’s final stop for 30 counselors from a number of Lycoming County school districts, recently touring the area to learn about different career opportunities and the skills required for those jobs. Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology, and faculty helped spread the word during the visit, which was facilitated by the Keystone Wood Products Association and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. One of KWPA’s major goals is to create partnerships with schools to generate interest in lumber and wood products companies, and the Schneebeli Earth Science Center provided a fitting environment in which to further those educational connections. “It’s an excellent opportunity to show the counselors around the region the types of programs found here at Penn College, primarily forestry,” said Doebler, who also serves on the association’s board of directors. “KWPA and the Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in helping arrange an event that was very educational.”
Photos by Scott Seyler, chair, KWPA board of directors

Cross-Country Teams Headed for NEAC Championships

With their regular season behind them, Pennsylvania College of Technology cross-country runners are preparing for the end-of-the-season North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. Men’s and women’s action is scheduled Saturday at Lancaster Bible College.

“It’s been a pretty fair season,” second-year coach Nick Patton said of his men’s squad. “We’ve got a lot of new people, so we’re still figuring out the 8K (race distance), but overall I’m pretty impressed with the progress we’ve made from the beginning to the end. The team as a whole has made progress.”

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Students Use Products From Local Farms in Cooking Contest

A dish made by Penn College students Cy C. Heller, of Milton, and R. Colby Janowitz, of Westminster, Md., took first place in a cooking competition for the college’s culinary arts students at the Williamsport Growers Market. Made on-site using ingredients purchased from local growers, the dish includes ginger-marinated Delmonico steak, potato hash and spaghetti squash.

Five student teams from Pennsylvania College of Technology battled it out Oct. 8 at the Williamsport Growers Market, using the best ingredients – fresh and locally produced – to determine the best student chefs of the morning.

The two-man team of Cy C. Heller and R. Colby Janowitz were the top finishers in a tough competition. It was not the students’ first exposure to culinary competition. All are juniors and seniors in the culinary arts and systems bachelor-degree major, and several completed a capstone course, Culinary Competition and Skills Assessment, in the spring semester. All were out to produce a tasty, creative and visually appealing dish.

As teams set up in the morning, they received a bag with three required ingredients: Delmonico steak, shoulder bacon (also called cottage bacon) and ginger. In addition, they were required to use at least one of the following: honey, hemp seed oil, maple syrup or cheese. All of the ingredients were purchased from growers at the market.

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Quilt Raffle Raises More Than $1,800 for Schuman Scholarship

A handmade quilt ...

... "created with love" in memory of Chester D. Schuman, a 34-year employee of the college ...

... is delivered to winner Angela L. Frontz (right) by Sarah S. Moore, one of Schuman's two daughters.

A recent quilt raffle raised $1,810 for the Chester D. Schuman Memorial Scholarship, which honors the former director of admissions and award-winning coach of the Wildcat golf team. Angela L. Frontz, a mathematics instructional specialist in the Academic Success Center, won the 71- by 83-inch quilt, which was handcrafted in Penn College colors by Schuman’s wife, Pam; his sister, Kaye; and friend Kathy Eshelman. The family is grateful to all the college employees, friends, family and alumni who purchased tickets to benefit the scholarship fund.
Photos by Sarah S. Moore, deaf services specialist, and Dawn M. Dickey, assistant director, Disability Services

West Chester Company Donates Gas Chromatograph to Penn College

Michael J. Reed, dean of the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College, accepts a donated PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph from Kate Bowes Harris, of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

Students enrolled in natural sciences courses at Pennsylvania College of Technology will benefit from a recent donation of a PeakSimple 2000 gas chromatograph by Al Silkroski, president and chief executive officer of Hilltop Enterprises, based in West Chester.

“The gas chromatograph is an essential piece of equipment that separates, identifies and quantifies a wide variety of organic chemicals in a mixture,” said Justin M. Ingram, assistant professor of biology. “This GC gives our organic chemistry students hands-on experience with a sophisticated instrument found in many different types of industries, and allows students to monitor their chemical reactions and check the purity of their products.”

The equipment will also be used in science courses required for the college’s new associate degree in brewing and fermentation science, which officially launches in Fall 2017.

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Prospective Employers to Meet With Students, Alumni

Hoping to interest Penn College students and alumni in a variety of job possibilities, four employers will visit campus in the coming week. Radius Systems will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 112 of the Carl Building Technologies Center, and representatives of John Deere will meet twice that day with interested applicants in College Avenue Labs – at 11 a.m. in Room 104 and at 3:30 p.m. in Room 107. Albright Care Services will hold a Nursing Recruitment Day from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center atrium, and Ring Container recruiters will be on hand at at 3:30 that afternoon in CAL, Room 107. (Two of the employers will hold interviews in Room 202 of the Bush Campus Center: John Deere (on Wednesday, Oct. 26) and Ring Container (on Friday, Oct. 28). For details, including available positions and applicable majors, consult the Career Services flier: Employers on Campus

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 6 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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